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Forget what I said about using the Login Lock Plugin

July 18, 2012

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Well, I’ve learned several good lessons in the past few days.  More on that at the end of this message.  My problems started when I couldn’t complete logging in as the administrator on this website.  The login page allowed me to enter the username and password but then it would just hang and would not let me go further.  That was on Internet Explorer.  Next I tried Firefox and after I entered my username and password, I got a “cannot redirect” error.

At this point I didn’t know what had happened.  I didn’t know if someone had hacked my website, or whether a recently installed plugin was causing the problem or what.  I logged into Cpanel for my site and looked at log files and anything that might show what was going on.  I didn’t see anything that led me to resolve the problem.

I decided to restore the website from a backup I had just taken using the DUPLICATOR WordPress plugin.  This would prove that my backups worked and would only take a few minutes.  My website is in a directory on Hostgator called TIREDOFTHECUBE so I renamed the directory to TIREDOFTHECUBE_OLD.  That would allow me to keep my website in case I needed anything from it.  Next, I created a new directory called TIREDOFTHECUBE and copied my 2 backup files there via FTP from my home system.

The instructions told me to run the install.php file so I double clicked on the file and install.php opened on the screen showing the text inside the file.  Instead it should have started restoring my website from the backup.  I couldn’t get the install.php file to work.  “What was I doing wrong”, I asked myself.

Instead of double clicking on the file to run it, I should have opened a browser and typed in the URL TIREDOFTHECUBE.COM/install.php.  I actually knew this but was having a brain dead moment I guess.

I finally got the website restored and the problem remained.  I restored several other earlier versions and still had the problem.  Finally, I got on an electronic chat with Hostgator support.  We discovered that the Login Lock Plugin was the problem.  The support guy disabled the Login Lock plugin and things magically worked.

So, I have loved using the LOGIN LOCK plugin, but I can no longer recommend it.

LESSONS LEARNED:

Go to Login Lock support page, or the support page for whatever product you are having problems with to see if others are having the problem and whether a fix exists.

Do backups often.

Let the support folks help you.

 

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WordPress breakins thwarted with Login Lock

July 14, 2012

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I installed a Plugin called Login Lock by Mark Edwards and I’m so glad I did.

Login Lock is doing a great job protecting my sites and letting me know what IP address is trying to break in to my site.  On one of my other sites, I’m getting more attempts to break in every week.  Right now I only have one user on this website.  If someone attempts to login they need to know the username and password.  The default username is Admin.  However, I have changed the username on all my websites from Admin to, well… something else, and I would suggest you do the same.  After a few unsuccessful attempts to login, the Login Lock plugin disables access from that particular IP address and sends a message like the following:

This notice is to inform you that someone at IP address 88.99.999.999 tried to login to your site  and failed.

The targeted username was Admin

The IP address has been blocked for 120 minutes.

 

As you can see the person trying to break into my site was counting on the fact that most people do not change the default username (Admin).  Once I get this message, I block that IP address from ever connecting again by using the IPdeny tool in Hostgator’s CPanel.

So, change your WordPress username and always have long passwords on all your accounts.  I would suggest 14 characters at least on all your passwords, whereever you use them.  Also, your password should contain UPPER CASE and lower case characters as well as numbers and special characters.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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Using the Duplicator Plugin for Backing Up Your WordPress site.

June 26, 2012

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You’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into creating your website. What would happen if you lost it all. I’m sure a very sick feeling would come over you and you would wish you had saved all your work.

There are several free plugins available to help you backup your WordPress website. I like a Plugin called Duplicator. I’ll tell you about it in the video. Let me know if you have any questions of comments. Thanks.

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I’m a Hostgator and AWeber affiliate now!

June 20, 2012

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I’m pretty excited!  I just signed up to be an affiliate to Hostgator and AWeber.  You can see the new widgets/banner_ads on the right of the screen.  Basically, when someone clicks on either of those links, it takes you to those companies websites where you can find out more information and decide if you want to signup for the service.  If you don’t, that’s fine.  If you do, then I get a small affiliate commission.  You are not charged anything extra!

So, whether you go directly to Hostgator’s website (for example) or whether you go from my website, you pay the same to Hostgator.  Of course, I would really appreciate it if you clicked on the link on the right of my website since it will earn me a small affiliate commission.  Thanks!

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Dean Hollands Quick Start Challenge

June 18, 2012

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As part of the course, Dean wanted us to create a video which talks about our business. Here’s my entry. Enjoy!

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Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge

June 10, 2012

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Last Friday evening I attended Dean Holland’s webinar for his 4 week course called

“Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge”

Dean is a remarkable young man who has turned his life around in the past 4 years by going from a dead end job and being $60K in debt, to an exciting life of selling his knowledge and experience online to people all over the world.  This course will show how he did it and help folks like me do something like it.

Think about that for a second.  Today you are working for “the man”, but 6 months or 12 months or 24 months from now you could be working for yourself.

I can’t wait until next week’s webinar!

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Get rid of spam comments on your WordPress blog

May 28, 2012

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When you create a blog, you begin receiving comments. Many of those comments are from people who are trying to use you, or your blog for their own gain. This is what I call SPAM. The following video shows you how to get rid of spam comments on your WordPress blog.

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How To Add Video To WordPress Blog

May 19, 2012

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In today’s world many of the people coming to your blog are using mobile devices like phones or iPads.  When you put video on your website, you need to plan for this.  Why?  Because you want everyone to be able to enjoy what you create on your blog.  If they can’t see your video on their phone (or other device) because it is not formatted properly, they may not come back.

An easy solution to the problem is to store your videos on Vimeo.com.  So, after you create your video, you upload it to Vimeo.com.  Once you upload your video to Vimeo.com you can get an embed code.  You copy this embed code to your blog post and now others can see it.  When someone clicks on your video, your blog will tell Vimeo to play that particular video.  Even better, Vimeo will determine what type of device (Phone, iPad, computer, etc.) it is and will re-format the video on the fly so that it plays well on that particular device.

This might sound a little complicated, but the bottom line is you want others to see your videos and storing your videos on Vimeo.com is an easy way to ensure everyone can view your work.

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Is my domain name available?

May 19, 2012

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Whether you are starting a blog or a business on the Internet, you will need to purchase a domain name. In this short video, I will introduce you to GoDaddy and show you how to find out if the domain name you have chosen is available.

 

 

 

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Certain Pages Needed On Website

May 9, 2012

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I’ve discovered that several website pages must be set up. Seems that most web sites need certain pages like:

  • About Us
  • Privacy
  • Contact

So, I created these pages as best as I can and will improve/update them as I go along.

Eventually, I will need a Terms and Conditions page and maybe others.

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